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Faculty Spotlight: LeAnn LunaLeAnn Luna


LeAnn Luna, associate professor of accounting, traveled the world during her childhood.  As the daughter of a geologist working for a large oil company, Luna has lived places that many people will never visit, including Bogota, Columbia, Tripoli, Libya, and Anchorage, Alaska.  However, Luna considers Knoxville to be “home.”  She earned her Ph.D  from the University of Tennessee in 2000 and joined the faculty in 2005.  She has a dual appointment with the Department of Accounting and Information Management and the Center for Business and Economic Research, where she interacts frequently with state policymakers on a variety of issues. 

Luna completed her undergraduate studies in accounting at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and her masters in taxation at the University of Denver’s College of Law.  Earlier in her career, Luna amassed nearly a decade of corporate experience that included senior positions with an international accounting firm and private industry. She is a College of Business Administration Stokely Scholar, received the 2007 Dixon Hughes Academic Promise Award, and was recently named “Person to Watch in the Next Decade” by State Tax Notes.

Luna teaches federal income tax to accounting students.  For the past three years, Luna has taken her students to Washington, D.C. for a tour of our nation’s capital and a chance to visit with some of the nation’s top tax policy experts.  She has also accompanied a small group of students to Hong Kong for the last two years.  Luna states, “These trips are fantastic for me and the students--they are educational, fun, and better than anything I can do in the classroom.” 

Luna’s primary research interest is state and local tax policy.  She has published articles in the National Tax Journal, The Journal of the American Taxation Association, Tax Adviser, State Tax Notes, and a number of other journals.  Her research on Section 529 college savings plans as well as her research on e-commerce have received national attention, with citations by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Miami Herald, and the Boston Globe.  She also is frequently invited to speak by various national groups. 

LeAnn is married to John Luna and has two “pound” dogs, Jasper and Sally.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, attending UT sporting and cultural events, and playing piano and tennis.

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